A view from my side.
Today was the last training day before Round 1 in our State Tournament. A light day on the field, we played some possession, walked through some set plays and generally took it easy. Practice ended with some competitions between the seniors and the underclassmen. It was a fun 15 minutes, with the underclassmen winning on points. Of course, the main point was to calm the boys’ nerves and settle them down a bit for tomorrow night’s match.
When we finished on the pitch, we headed upstairs in the gym to watch the match film from the last time we played tomorrow night’s opponent. Waiting for us when we got there was pizza, water, and sports drinks. We handed out the pizza, spread out the chairs and started the film. What the coaches saw was a team that could easily have won the match. What the boys saw was, of course, was a 3-0 loss.
And that has been the difference this year. This group of boys does not seem to believe. It happens from time to time. A *team* is better than the sum of its parts. But in order to be truly successful, the *team* also needs to believe in itself. A team needs to believe in the training they receive. A team needs to believe in what they know. A team needs to believe they can win. Most importantly, a team needs to believe in itself.
So tonight we had an easy night. Tonight after training we had pizza and film. Tomorrow night we play. I won’t be there with them (read Post Season Decisions), but I will be getting updates from several people. It is my belief, that if the boys believe in themselves, we will be training again on Wednesday and that on May 10, we will have pizza and film one more time.